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helent

helent
Date Joined: July 17, 2009
Last Online: September 16, 2019

Country: Australia
My Flickr Photos
My UNESCO postcards list
My Postcrossing favourites

About Me

I live Melbourne, and I love it - love the coffee, the restaurants, the city.

I work for the state government, and outside of work I mostly like sewing, op shopping, watching tv on dvd, and hanging with friends.

I like cycling, it's my main form of transport, although I've been a bit lazy lately.

I love collecting postcards. I'm the type of person who starts collecting things far too easily, and so I restrict myself to postcards - they are cheap and don't take up too much space! I am not allowed to start collecting anything else...

I do a lot of patchwork, but can never decide if I love or hate it - I love hand-made things, I love the ethos of the Arts and Craft Movement, of applying artistic skills to everyday items, of reclaiming fabrics for a new use, but sometimes, I absolutely hate the grind of actually making things! So my projects drag on for months...

Postcards

I like my postcards sent naked, please. Somehow, it's not a real postcard if it arrives in an envelope.

I've collected postcards all my life, starting from when I was a kid and my dad used to send them to us when he travelled for work. Because he always travelled to the same place (Geneva), I have a lot of duplicated cards from there! And my friends and family now know to send me cards whenever they travel.

I'm trying to collect all the UNESCO sites - I've just started and still have a long way to go. You can see the full list of sites, and the ones I have, here: http://goo.gl/8Eyyw2 (opens in Google Docs).

I like:

  • Historic photos - street scenes, old portraits.

  • Multiples cards.

  • Historic figures and events.

  • Remarkable women (suffragettes especially)

  • Royal figures (past and present).

  • Portraits of composers - Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, etc.

  • Cultural days and events - Dia de los Muertos, etc.

  • Old-fashioned "Greetings From..." cards.

  • Kitschy tourist sites (the Big Banana, etc.).

  • Jackalopes and similar kitschy cards.

  • Pin-ups/Vargas girls/pulpy pictures.

  • McSweeney's 'Greeting from the Ocean's Sweaty Place' cards.

  • Buildings and architecture (especially details - windows and doors, staircases, gargoyles).

  • The Old West.

  • Foxes and wolves, goats, big cats (especially tigers) and non-cutesy domestic cats.

  • Jetoy Choo Choo cats

  • Studio Ghibli

  • Paintings or photography.

  • Photojournalism.

  • Anything book related (I love the Penguin, Puffin and Ladybird cards).

  • Things textile-related - traditional textiles, quilts, etc.

  • National or traditional costumes.

  • Photos of libraries.

  • Beautiful landscape shots.

  • Postcards taken to promote something really dull, like a motel or a town hall with no aesthetic merits.

If you've read all of this but are still not sure what to choose for me, there's a link to my favourites from Postcrossing up top - check that out for more inspiration.

Patchwork

I love really scrappy squilts of almost any design. I like all colours, buy I don't use too many bright colours, and I don't like novelty prints or most prints that look like actually things. Check out my quilts on flickr (link above).

Favorite Television

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Dexter, Arrested Development, Big Love, Degrassi Junior High, Oz, Supernatural, Spooks, Black Books, Veronica Mars, Deadwood, Burn Notice, Breaking Bad, Vampire Dairies, Sons of Anarchy, Nikita, Fringe

Favorite Movies

Heat, Le Samourai, Near Dark, Stander, Brokeback Mountain, Saved!, Pride & Prejudice, The Outsiders, Cry Baby, Millers Crossing, Intolerable Cruelty, Hud, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Ride with the Devil, Dollars Trilogy, Ocean's Eleven, Out of Sight, Gosford Park, The Departed

Favorite Crafts

Patchwork/quilts

Favorite Books

Favourite authors: Neal Stephenson, Jane Austen, W. Somerset Maugham, John D McDonald, Raymond Chandler, Carl Hiaasen

Favorite Music

Neko Case, Calexico, Iron and Wine, Talking Heads, Nick Drake, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grant-Lee Phillips, Rhapsody in Blue, The Smiths, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, They Might Be Giants, Massive Attack, Iron and Wine, The Decemberists

Ratings

abshanghai rated for Senders Choice PC Nov 2015 on Nov 29, 2015
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Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard! Make me want to visit Melbourne and Sydney again! I love that Harbour Bridge stamp! Thank you!
neo rated for Senders Choice PC Nov 2015 on Nov 18, 2015
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Comment: Hi Thanks Halen for the amazing nice maxicard. you make my day.
brianfuchs rated for Senders Choice PC Nov 2015 on Nov 18, 2015
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Comment: I love love love this card! I want a wombat...they're just too cute.
mysonictruth rated for UNESCO WHS Swap #9 on Oct 25, 2015
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Comment: Thank you Helen!!! :) It is a duplicate but I love it all the same! :) Just funny that I received both cards on the same day! Cheers!
karaterp rated for UNESCO WHS Swap #9 on Oct 22, 2015
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Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card! I hope to visit Aulstralia some day, this park would be neat to visit.
neo rated for UNESCO WHS Swap #9 on Oct 21, 2015
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Comment: Hi Halen Thanks for a lovely beautiful GBR postcard. nice stamp too. thanks again.
mariannerofaiel rated for Senders Choice PC Oct 2015 on Oct 19, 2015
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Comment: Thank you. A real beautiful card. I loved it.
mysonictruth rated for Senders Choice PC Oct 2015 on Oct 17, 2015
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Comment: Hi Helen! I hope to see the auroras some day - I went to Iceland in Dec 2013 (apparently prime time for viewing the northern lights) but it was too cloudy the whole trip and didn't see any :( One day!! :)
pengyibuaa rated for UNESCO WHS Swap #8 on Oct 15, 2015
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Comment: Thank you for your beautiful postcard!
Kvwanderlost rated for Senders Choice PC Oct 2015 on Oct 13, 2015
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Comment: I LOVE the PC of Melbourne in the 60s and the Dandy Pig sign! Thank you so much! And also the First Day of Issue Stamp COOL! Many hearts to you :D
mysonictruth rated for UNESCO WHS Swap #8 on Sep 23, 2015
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Comment: Thank you so much for the new card to my collection!! :)
Mimiadpi rated for UNESCO WHS Swap #8 on Sep 21, 2015
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Comment: Gorgeous card and stamp! Thank you!
mysonictruth rated for UNESCO Postcard Swap! on Sep 12, 2015
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Comment: Thank you for the new card in my collection :)
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Comment: Helen, Thanks for the wonderful postcards and extras too. Hugs
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Comment: Helen, awesome postcards! Thank you so much! I love the extra ad cards and it is nice to know that there are others who like the ad cards. I really love the Spices and Locks....actually...I love them all. I hope we are swap partners again. Have a great day!! Beth
imaisha rated for UNESCO WHS Swap #4 on Feb 22, 2015
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Comment: Dear Helen, Sorry for the late rating. Thank you very much for the wonderful card of Port Arthur with great stamp :) It looks like a nice place to visit before I read your descriptions. Now, knowing about the tragedy, I don't know if I am brave enough to go to this creepy place >.<
imheaven rated for UNESCO WHS from abroad #1 on Feb 20, 2015
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard of Buddist Grottoes. So many places to go, so little time... 💐
jydbys rated for 1 PC 1 COUNTRY #1 on Feb 6, 2015
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jannepungar rated for UNESCO WHS Swap #4 on Feb 4, 2015
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Comment: Thank you so much for this beautiful postcard and the stamp is beyond awesome as well. Thanks a lot !
Moonlight1978 rated for UNESCO WHS from abroad #1 on Feb 4, 2015
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Comment: Thanks a lot for the beautiful UNESCO postcard of Buddist Grottoes. :)

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